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ShutUpJoe 12-04-2010 12:17 AM

My gelding's wonky legs
 
Anyone else notice how off his legs seem or is it just me? He looks over at the knee, sickle hocked and cow hocked, and his left leg looks thinner than his right. I know these aren't good confo shots, guess I need to get some.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...g?t=1291437177

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...g?t=1291439050


http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...g?t=1291439238
Don't mind my messy fields, I promise we dragged them shortly after these photos were taken.
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...g?t=1291439680

tinyliny 12-04-2010 12:43 AM

Joe,

He is an odd looking potatoe. How old is he? He is slightly over at the knee, just slightly. He is cow hocked and very post legged in the rear. Is he full grown? I bet he's a real sweet heart , tho, isn't he?

Creampuff 12-04-2010 12:54 AM

I agree with Tiny. Is he still growing? By his conformity it almost looks to me like he's still in build, which could be a part of his "wonky" issues. His hind right doesn't look too horrid to me (in the first picture it appears he's turning toward you, which may aid in making the leg look 'crazy').

For example, I almost bought a 3-year-old gelding named Dixon. As you can see, he's clearly still in build, judging by his age and his high rear end (which generally suggests there's still some growing to do). It was the same way with the gelding yearling Thunder Wolf, who now -- at 5 years of age -- has evened out as far as height of rear/withers has been met.

RhapsGirl 12-04-2010 01:22 AM

This is unrelated, so I'll make it fast...

In regards to Dixon, some horses never grow out like the champion pleasure QH Shoulda Astor Faster. In some horses it's just a confo fault.

ShutUpJoe 12-04-2010 09:33 AM

He's not even two yet. The more I look at his legs the wonkier they look.

Creampuff 12-04-2010 10:02 AM

Thanks, Rhaps! I learn a little more every day. :D


And ShutUpJoe, it'd be my guess that he's still filling out as a growing boy. (:

ShutUpJoe 12-04-2010 02:36 PM

I sure hope he grows out of them. I'm almost afraid to work with him because I feel bad for his legs. He just looks unsturdy to me. Maybe it's cause I'm getting used to the little Haflinger ponies with their sturdy little legs.

racerider 12-04-2010 07:34 PM

He's still young, but his confirmation does look a bit 'wonky.' I don't think he's going to outgrow it. But if he's sound I don't see why he wouldn't make a nice trail horse. If you were thinking about using him as a hunter-jumper I don't think he would be well suited for that.


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